Meet the team working on the Trading Consequences project: Professor Colin Coates; Dr Jim Clifford; Professor Ewan Klein; Dr. Claire Grover; Dr. Beatrice Alex; Clare Llewellyn;  Professor Aaron Quigley; Dr. Uta Hinrichs; James Reid; Ian Fieldhouse; Nicola Osborne.

The project has also benefited from the contributions of numerous staff and graduate students across the partner organisations.

Professor Colin Coates

Professor Colin CoatesYork University, Canada is one of the Principal Investigators on the Trading Consequences project. Colin is Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University and teaches Canadian Studies at Glendon College, the bilingual faculty of York University. Colin’s research interests include Canadian studies; French-Canadian history and environmental and economic history. He is a member of the executive of the Network in Canadian History & Environment- Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement.

Jim CliffordDr Jim Clifford,  University of Saskatchewan, is assistant professor in the Department of History where he studies the environmental history of Britain and the British World in the long-nineteenth century. Jim was previously  the Digging into Data Postdoctoral Fellow working with Prof. Colin Coates in the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, Canada. Jim conducts theoretical and empirical research into the sources for Trading Consequences data to provide a richer understanding of the material and the taxonomies required for the project.  He also develops links to the potential research community.  His History PhD research looked at the social and environmental history of West Ham and the River Lea, 1855-1914, a key location for commodity trade and transformation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Professor Ewan KleinProfessor Ewan KleinSchool of InformaticsUniversity of Edinburgh is one of the Principal Investigators on the Trading Consequences project. Ewan is a member of the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, of the Human Communication Research Centre and of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. Ewan’s research interests include computational approaches to natural language semantics, syntax and phonology; spoken language processing; communicating with mobile robots and embodies devices; the Semantic Web and ontologies.

Claire GroverDr. Claire GroverSchool of InformaticsUniversity of Edinburgh is a Senior Research Fellow. Claire is a member of the Human Communication Research Centre and of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. Claire’s research interests include text analytics (information extraction, text mining), XML tools for text processing, text processing for cultural heritage, methods and tools for corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics.


Beatrice AlexDr. Beatrice AlexSchool of InformaticsUniversity of Edinburgh is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. Bea’s research interests include mining historical and modern-day text, georeferencing and multi- and mixed-lingual processing and its application.  She is also a co-founder of the Digital Humanities Network Scotland (DHNetS).


Clare LlewellynClare LlewellynSchool of InformaticsUniversity of Edinburgh is a Research Postgraduate Student and a member of the  Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. Her research interests include digital libraries; computational linguistics; text analysis; data and text mining.


Professor Aaron QuigleyProfessor Aaron QuigleyUniversity of St Andrews, UK is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science. He is the SICSA deputy director and director for knowledge exchange and is the director of SACHI the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction group. He is the general co-chair for MobileHCI 2014 and is editor-in-chief for the Journal Computers. In 2013 he was general co-chair for the ACM UIST 2013 and ACM ITS 2013 conferences held in St Andrews. Aaron is leading the visualisation aspects of the Trading Consequences project. His research interests include surface and multi-display computing; human computer interaction; pervasive and ubiquitous computing; and information visualisation.

Uta HinrichsUta HinrichsUniversity of St Andrews, UK is a Research Fellow at the Human Computer Interaction group (SACHI) at the School of Computer Science. She received her PhD in Computer Science with a specialization in Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary in Canada where she worked at the InnoVis Group. Uta also holds a Diplom (equiv. to MSc) in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in Germany. Her research interests include information visualisation; interaction design; and qualitative research.

James ReidJames ReidEDINA, UK is Team Leader & Business Development Manager for Geoservices and a member of the executive council for AGI Scotland. James is leading the development and implementation of the database for Trading Consequences. James’ experience and interests include socio-economic applications of GIS; open source GIS; spatial analysis; web services; visial analytics; spatial data publishing standards including INSPIRE; and programming and spatial databases.

Ian FieldhouseIan FieldhouseEDINA, UK is a Software Engineer working on geospatial projects and services. Ian is working on the development and implementation of the database for Trading Consequences and exposing this to the web via an API and search interface. Ian’s experience includes work on JORUM, UNLOCK and the Addressing History project. His programming expertise includes Java, Python, PHP and Ruby on Rails.

Nicola OsborneNicola OsborneEDINA, UK works as Social Media Officer providing specialist advice and support for social media, crowdsourcing and related emerging technologies. Nicola works across EDINA services and projects, including the current COBWEB and Palimpsest projects. Nicola is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry Committee, and also sits on the Journal of Open Research Software Editorial Board. She is advising and supporting Trading Consequences on communication and engagement through social media.

Trading Consequences has also benefited from contributions others working with the project team in their research. At York University, Canada, this has included librarian, Timothy Bristow; graduate students: Andrew Watson, David Zylberberg, Jay Young; and undergraduates:  Gladys Larbie, Andy Cameron, Mimi Hagiepetros, Ryan Hawley.

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